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Meaning of “modulo the fact”

I just saw a construction quoted below.

Every answer that wasn't this particular user's had been downvoted (modulo one that was a one-liner summary of his answer).

To my understanding, "modulo" is a mathematical operator, roughly put for computing the rest term in a division. What does it do in this sentence?

  • Not merely exact duplicate, but also general reference.
    – tchrist
    Nov 4, 2012 at 15:51

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The term "a modulo b" in a mathematical setting means that anything equal to b in a is disregarded (more specifically, set to zero).

Here it means that the answer that was a one-liner had not been downvoted, while every other answer one had been downvoted.

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